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A Flash of Bhim by Anand
Sat Feb 3, 10:30 AM
What happens when an Ambedkarite, wounded by the arrows of Kabir and Buddha, sings dhrupad? How do we see the fire in flowers? How form the formless? How does sound color light? What happens to a raga when passion turns secular, a color not often colored with?

Anand will present ragas in Dagarvani dhrupad style, featuring the suttas of the Buddha in Pali, the songs of Kabir, the cries for Bhim, a verse from the Thirukkural in Tamil, and a Vemana padyam in Telugu. Accompanied by a tanpura, he will see how a set of ragas color a morning ambling towards noon.

Anand studies dhrupad with Ustad F. Wasifuddin Dagar in Delhi and is the publisher of Navayana. As a youth, he was trained in Carnatic music by three gurus. He quit Carnatic at age twenty-five and did not sing for sixteen years.